Roland recently announced several new products, with everything from a powerful rack-mountable sound module to a little battery-powered PA system that fits under your arm. Whether you’re a solo singer who never touches a computer, or you’re a MIDI-based musician with a totally electronic approach, Roland has new gear that can help you create. Check out the details below for a quick tour of the new goodies.
Roland makes many battery-powered music and instrument amplifiers, and the new Mobile BA and Mobile AC are the latest two additions to their already comprehensive line of portable amps. Both new models are around the size of a lunchbox, provide stereo sound, can be mounted on a mic stand and run on six AA batteries. The Mobile BA is white and features a 1/4” input for a microphone, a stereo input for a line-level signal (such as the output of a keyboard) and another stereo line-level input to which you can attach an MP3 player or another device. Each input has its own channel, so you can mix all three together.
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The Mobile AC is very similar to the Mobile BA, except that it’s black and features inputs for a guitar, microphone and a stereo line-level audio source. The Mobile AC is geared for acoustic guitar players. It features a chorus effect on the guitar channel, which can be turned on and off, and a reverb effect that can be applied to the whole mix. It’s a convenient tool that enables you to amplify your guitar and vocals for location performances.
The new Roland UA-22 Duo-Capture is a USB audio interface that’s compatible with Windows, Mac and iOS, which means that it can be attached directly to an iPad for recording into Garageband and other audio/MIDI apps. Featuring two combo mic inputs with preamps, phantom power and the ability to accept hi-Z inputs from electric guitars and basses, the UA-22 is housed in a sturdy aluminum body and can run on USB bus power, three AA batteries or an optional AC adapter.
The UA-22 has MIDI in and out, so it can be used as a MIDI interface, but some people only need MIDI connectivity and nothing else. That’s why Roland released the new UM-ONE mk2. It’s a USB MIDI interface with a USB connector on one end and MIDI in and out connectors on the other. It’s bus powered by the connected USB host and features LED indicator lights. Unlike the old version of this model, the UM-ONE, the new UN-ONE mk2 is now compatible with iOS devices, when you use a separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit.
The new A-49 is a USB keyboard controller that features keys that are solidly made, so they won’t wiggle and shift when played. The A49 is available in black or white. The new A-88 keyboard controller has Roland’s Ivory Feel-G keys, which recreate the touch and sensitivity of playing an acoustic piano. Both of these new USB keyboard controller models from Roland are lightweight, and have slim profiles, which make them better for gigging and travel. They both feature D-Beam controllers, which let you control pitch and volume by waving a hand in the air. A special “Supernatural” button automatically maps the controls on the keyboard to the separately available Roland Integra 7 sound module.
The new Roland Integra-7 sound module features all of the preset sounds from the Roland XV-5080, and also has the entire library of sounds from the Roland SRX Series of expansion boards, as well as drum sounds from Roland’s V-Drums. The rear panel features master XLR outputs, eight TRS outputs for surround, S/PDIF digital output and USB connectivity capable of streaming 96 kHz audio. The Integra-7 has a dedicated iPad app that gives you multi-touch control over the unit. An iPad can be connected via USB through a second USB port found on the face of the Integra-7, or you can control it wirelessly with the separately available Roland Wireless USB Adapter.
Singers will appreciate the new Roland VT-12, a handheld vocal training device that’s available in black, aqua blue and orange. The VT-12 features a built-in microphone and tuner. You can hold it in your hand while you sing, and the microphone feeds your voice through the tuner. You’ll be able to see what key you’re singing in on its front panel, and you’ll instantly know if you’re singing flat, sharp or perfectly in key. The VT-12 also has a built-in speaker and it can play 24 guide tones. This way you can sing along and try to match the guide tones to work on your pitch. The VT-12 can detect more than one voice, and has an onboard metronome that lets you work on your timing. A Berklee Press vocal workout book is included with purchase.